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Bicycle Community Unites Against L.A.'s Bike Plan

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It isn't often you have most all facets of L.A.'s cycling community in agreement, but today they are coming together to protest the City of Los Angeles' bike plan, which goes up for a vote at Thursday's Planning Commission meeting.

Much of the disagreement with the plan comes down to three points: a commitment to bike lanes, defining bicycle friendly streets, and updating the Technical Design Manual.

"The draft [bike plan] is like glass ornament - shiny, beautiful and utterly fragile. The Mayor and City Planning have touted it as including 1600 miles of bikeways, but you would have to walk between the raindrops to make that a reality," said Alex Thompson at BikesideLA. " Sure, the draft has hundreds of miles of bike lanes 'designated.' But when you get down in the details you find out 511 of those miles fall in the 'further study' category - a category that has previously gone by the name 'potential' and 'infeasible.' Only 56 miles of bike lane are left."